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Beam Me Up, Scotty! Acoustic Tractor Beam Now a DIY Project

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Beam Me Up, Scotty! Acoustic Tractor Beam Now a DIY Project

— January 23, 2017 12:00

Acoustic tractor beam technology is so last year. Sure, thanks to a series of coordinated breakthroughs by an international team of physicists from the UK and US tractor beams now exist!

Norway Kills The FM Radio Star – Could It Happen Here?

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Norway Kills The FM Radio Star – Could It Happen Here?

— January 12, 2017 19:00

Norway became the first country to begin a campaign of shutting down FM radio signals this week. The nation’s “Radio Digitization” program began on 1/11 at 11:11 am. Will other countries do similar?

Goodbye 2016: Lemmy to George Michael - The Year the Music Died

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Goodbye 2016: Lemmy to George Michael - The Year the Music Died

— December 31, 2016 10:00

I know it’s ridiculous to blame the arbitrary goal posts in time we call a year for the loss of many beloved celebrities in 2016. And I’m certain our perception of 2016 as the grim reaper is skewed.

Razer Buys THX: What This Could Mean for Your Future Man Cave

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Razer Buys THX: What This Could Mean for Your Future Man Cave

— October 20, 2016 09:00

On Monday it was announced that Razer, a computer gaming hardware manufacturer, had acquired an ownership share of THX Ltd. Will the merger signify a step forward in Virtual Reality? Read on.

Interview Cary Christie of Artison Audio

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Interview Cary Christie of Artison Audio

— August 11, 2016 00:00

We sit down with Cary Christie, co-founder of Infinity Loudspeakers, to discuss his vision of sound excellence with Artison. Their products are custom designed to integrate into the room for high WAF.

CBS/Paramount Sets Phasers to Kill on Star Trek Fan-Fiction with New Guidelines

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CBS/Paramount Sets Phasers to Kill on Star Trek Fan-Fiction with New Guidelines

— June 29, 2016 19:00

The Star Trek fan-fiction controversy that resulted in legal battles between CBS/Paramount and Axanar Productions may have concluded last week. CBS/Paramount have finally put forth its guidelines.

Literary Transgressions of the Audio Community

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Literary Transgressions of the Audio Community

— June 20, 2016 00:00

It’s hard to come up with “new stuff” to say about audio and video. In this article we take you through the most common overused audio terms and clichés. Be sure to share your favorites with us.

CBS/Paramount are Copyright Trolls - Beyond Bored of Star Trek Reboot

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CBS/Paramount are Copyright Trolls - Beyond Bored of Star Trek Reboot

— May 18, 2016 20:00

Paramount is a Copyright Troll and I’m Beyond Bored of This Star Trek Reboot. See how Axanar Productions is slugging it out with them to produce its own fanfiction along with the legal ramifications.

Yamaha AVENTAGE AV Receiver DTS:X Firmware Listening Test Results

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Yamaha AVENTAGE AV Receiver DTS:X Firmware Listening Test Results

— April 12, 2016 08:00

After upgrading my home theater to UHD/4k, it was time to update the firmware of my Yamaha RX-A2050 AV receiver to enable DTS:X and HDMI 2.0a (for HDR). We include listening tests of DTS:X upmixer.

Exciting New AV Gear Debuts at CES 2017 Revolutionizes Home Audio

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Exciting New AV Gear Debuts at CES 2017 Revolutionizes Home Audio

— April 01, 2016 00:00

We have an advanced scoop on new custom AV products debuting at CES 2017 including revolutionary new speakers and other products that are sure to revolutionize the home theater experience!

Listening Evaluation of DTS:X on the Denon AVR-X7200WA Receiver

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Listening Evaluation of DTS:X on the Denon AVR-X7200WA Receiver

— February 12, 2016 00:00

Denon X7200WA becomes the first AVR to get DTS:X. Downloading the free firmware installs DTS:X; DTS Neural:X, which coverts legacy content to 3D audio, & interactive dialogue control for 11.2 channels

Circuit City How the Once Mighty Have Fallen... and Returned

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Circuit City How the Once Mighty Have Fallen... and Returned

— February 08, 2016 16:00

Circuit City. Once the largest consumer electronics retailer in America, has announced that it will begin opening new retail outlets and an online store in June 2016. But, will they succeed this time?

Potential Audioquest Rigged HDMI Demo Exposed

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Potential Audioquest Rigged HDMI Demo Exposed

— February 01, 2016 21:00

Audiophile drama is unfolding as an Audioquest HDMI cable demo, featuring an Audioquest employee showing unrealistic changes in sound, was seemingly debunked as fraudulent by Mark Waldrep, Dr. AIX.

Headphone Fashion Guide: Does Style Trump Sound Quality?

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Headphone Fashion Guide: Does Style Trump Sound Quality?

— January 29, 2016 09:00

Today, headphone fashion is infinitely more complex. Frank Zappa once said: “No change in music style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style.” His words were prophetic.

CEDIA 2015 DTS-X and Dolby Atmos Demos Updated

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CEDIA 2015 DTS-X and Dolby Atmos Demos Updated

— December 17, 2015 08:00

We were pleased with the immersive surround demos by MartinLogan, Paradigm, RBH Sound, JBL and others at CEDIA 2015. We heard the very first DTS:X demos and discuss them in our YouTube video report.

Apple Wages War on 3.5-mm Jack, Promotes Economy Through Planned Obsolescence

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Apple Wages War on 3.5-mm Jack, Promotes Economy Through Planned Obsolescence

— December 10, 2015 05:00

Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus users are complaining about their phones 3.5-mm headphone jacks failing. Meanwhile speculation is circulating that Apple may do away with the standard connector altogether

Is Vintage Better than Modern for Audio Equipment?

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Is Vintage Better than Modern for Audio Equipment?

— December 03, 2015 00:00

Are the glowing memories of vintage audio gear and automobiles justified? Read this comparison to see how vintage vs modern pans out and if you should keep your old gear or embrace the modern era.

What Makes the Biggest Audible Differences in Home Theater?

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What Makes the Biggest Audible Differences in Home Theater?

— November 06, 2015 00:00

While some focus on minutiae to “improve” the fidelity of their Hi-Fi system, we focus on the three areas that matter most, the quality of the source, room acoustics and speakers. Read on to see why.

Tidal: The Worst Music Service Online — Except for All the Others

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Tidal: The Worst Music Service Online — Except for All the Others

— November 05, 2015 00:00

Tidal has earned notoriety as a new online music business since it arrived last spring. But, it’s making headlines for everything but the high quality music it can stream.

Art vs Science of Audio Reproduction: Which Team Are You In?

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Art vs Science of Audio Reproduction: Which Team Are You In?

— October 07, 2015 11:00

In this latest YouTube video, Hugo and I discuss the art and science of audio as well as which is the right way to approach. In order to have a Zen line balance in audio, you must embrace both sides.

Brick and Mortar AV Retail vs Internet Direct: Which is Right for You?

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Brick and Mortar AV Retail vs Internet Direct: Which is Right for You?

— September 02, 2015 17:00

Retail or Internet? Are you having a tough time deciding which is best avenue for you to purchase your AV home theater gear? We discuss the pros and cons of each along with entertaining anecdotes.

The Rotating Immersive Surround Speaker Concept

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The Rotating Immersive Surround Speaker Concept

— August 07, 2015 16:00

In an industry where MORE is better, what happens when the existing Atmos & DTS:X technology becomes yesterday's news? We propose a new rotating surround sound speaker for the next sound generation.

Four Cool AV Gadgets Born By Combining Health and Consumer Electronics

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Four Cool AV Gadgets Born By Combining Health and Consumer Electronics

— July 17, 2015 09:00

How does Occupational Health and Consumer Electronics go together? Read the following editorial to find out that when they do the most innovative and coolest products are born.

Harman Research vs Consumer Product Development Are They Related?

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Harman Research vs Consumer Product Development Are They Related?

— June 01, 2015 08:00

Our loudspeaker myths YouTube video put in question whether the research loudspeaker companies claim to do actually trickles into their products. Does Harman's research benefit their products?

AIX Records, Revel Speakers, Benchmark Audio 5.1 High Resolution Demo

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AIX Records, Revel Speakers, Benchmark Audio 5.1 High Resolution Demo

Michael Kneznekoff — May 15, 2015 08:00

What do you get when you combine five Revel Salon2 speakers, audio equipment from Benchmark Audio and Oppo and music from AIX records? An incredible mult-channel surround experience at AXPONA 2015.

History of High Fidelity Headphones & Hearing Preservation

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History of High Fidelity Headphones & Hearing Preservation

— May 12, 2015 08:00

Audiophiles enjoy getting their hi-fi fix on a personal level with headphones. The technology has evolved to support surround sound and wireless convenience. But, are we listening at safe levels?

Where are all the Dolby Atmos-enabled Speakers?

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Where are all the Dolby Atmos-enabled Speakers?

— April 27, 2015 08:00

Dolby introduced the Atmos-enabled speaker to add height to existing systems in support of immersive surround sound. It was marketed as the "preferred" option, but one year later where are they now?

Star Wars: Episode VII Force Awakens New Details Look Promising?

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Star Wars: Episode VII Force Awakens New Details Look Promising?

— April 17, 2015 16:55

Based on the latest YouTube trailer, the new Star Wars: Episode VII Force Awakens movie looks promising. Can this movie bring balance back to the franchise sorely missed since the original movies?